Secretary of State John Kerry wishes mainstream media coverage were even more biased than it already is --- and that more airtime would be dedicated to the dangers of air conditioning units than to terrorism.
During a recent press conference in Bangladesh, our country's top statesman said that media "would do us all a service" if they simply ceased to cover terrorist attacks because then people "wouldn't know what's going on":
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It's easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you're going to be a terrorist and you're willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on.
Kerry's plea that Americans, and indeed world citizenry, be kept shrouded in ignorance drew applause.
The Weekly Standard notes that Kerry's comments in Bangladesh this week ring similar to words he uttered at the United Nations last September when he discussed ways to combat terrorism.
"We have to deny safe havens, disrupt the flow of foreign fighters, block access to financing, and expose the lies that terrorist groups propagate," Kerry stated before asserting that all of that is difficult to do when you have "24/7/365" media coverage of terrorist attacks.
The idea that media are overzealous in regards to terrorism coverage is laughable considering that most terrorist attacks are actually given very little air time -- and, when a terrorist attack is covered, media usually downplay the motives of the attackers, thus absolving Islam from playing any role.
A prime example is the media's coverage of Omar Mateen's terrorist massacre at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. If one were to rely on the mainstream media alone, one would walk away with the impression that Mateen was in no way shape or form a Muslim who carried out his bloody rampage in the name of Islam, but rather that he was a self-loathing homosexual enabled by America's lax gun laws.
At the end of the day, however absurd (and sadly, predictable) Kerry's latest comments are, we can at least give him credit for speaking honestly about his and his administration's goal of keeping the American public ignorant and increasingly vulnerable.
(image source: NBC video screen-grab)